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Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 | 0 comments

White Bean Hummus

2 cans white beans
1 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs minced garlic
1/2 C tahnini
1/2 C olive oil

Blend all ingredients in food processor
Pair with warm pita bread

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 | 2 comments

No Shell Taco Salad

I love refried beans.  I’m not so excited about lard or excess preservatives. I’ve found a great solution, blending black beans with taco seasoning.
1/2 avocado
1 cup black beans
1/2 packet of taco seasoning
3 cups shredded lettuce

Mash black beans with fork and blend with taco seasoning
Cut avocado into cubes
Mix with lettuce


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Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Marinated Pan Fried Tofu and Raw Kale Salad

This was my first time using my new tofu press. I’m thoroughly impressed. Previously squeezing the excess moisture out of tofu involved stacking books on top of a block of tofu wrapped in paper towels bundled in a hand towel. It was far too involved.  The new tofu press shaved at least 15 minutes off the total prep time for this recipe.

1/4 C Sriracha
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1/4 C Bragg’s Liquid Aminos  
1/2 C water
1/2 C peanut sauce 
1 block firm tofu 
10oz bag raw kale 
1 Tbs sesame oil 

Whisk liquid ingredients together
Pour half of mixture over kale and massage until leaves begin to soften (wear gloves to protect your hands from the sriracha – it’s that hot)

Use your preferred method for removing excess moisture from tofu (here is a popular choice How to Marinate Tofu)
Cut tofu into squares
Use the remaining liquid ingredient mixture to marinate tofu for one hour.  

Pan fry tofu in sesame oil until brown

Serve tofu and kale with side of rice 
Today I used an organic wild rice and quinoa blend.  I found the warmth of the rice and tofu  perfectly complemented the cool temperature of the kale and the spicy heat of the Sriracha. 

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 | 2 comments

Southwestern Salad

1 packet Aldi Spicy Guacamole
2 shredded romaine hearts
1 C diced tomatoes
1 C chickpeas or black beans

This filling salad only costs less than a dollar per serving. 
Aldi carries some packaged organic items and is great for conventional produce.  Their main site has several recipes posted, some of which are vegetarian/veganizable.  I’ve  also found an entire blog dedicated to Vegan/Vegetarian Aldi recipes. 

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 | 5 comments

Easy Vegan Trader Joe’s Lunch


If you don’t live within driving distance of a Trader Joe’s, you have my deepest condolences.  Trader Joe’s is incredibly vegan friendly and far more reasonably priced than Whole Foods.  Today’s lunch cost less than 2 bucks. 

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